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The restrictive new electoral laws in Georgia sparked violent protests, more about American immigration policy and an unusual light show that ran in the Pacific Northwest last night.
Here’s what we’re looking at this Friday morning.
The Georgian legislature was arrested and withdrawn from the Capitol when the governor signed a new electoral law
Georgia State Troopers arrested Democratic Rep. Park Cannon Thursday after knocking on Republican Governor Brian Kemp’s door as he signed a controversial electoral law in a closed ceremony.
The video of the incident shows Cannon, who also works as a legislator in the Statehouse. She is handcuffed after knocking on Kemp’s door and pleads for transparency in the signing of the bill.
Cannon was removed from the Capitol and taken to Fulton County Jail, where police say she was charged with two state offenses.
She was released Thursday night, but the incident drew attention to the sweeping regulations that Georgia Republicans had enacted after weeks of debates over tightening electoral laws.
The new law adds a number of restrictions, from requiring ID cards for postal voting and reducing voting times to illegally giving food or water to voters.
Georgia is one of the first states to impose major electoral restrictions after last year’s elections. After two runoff elections in the state, the Democrats took control of the US Senate. Republican-controlled lawmakers introduced a series of bills to tighten electoral laws after former President Donald Trump lost the election and unfoundedly questioned the outcome.
The Georgia Democrats loudly opposed the bill being passed, and Stacey Abrams called the bill “nothing less than Jim Crow 2.0”.
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If North Korea wanted to get America’s attention, it seems to have worked
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OPINION: HBO Max ‘The Runaway Bunny’ is emotionally intense, beautiful, and abstract.
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